To show my support for parents struggling with dwindling access to childcare, I signed amendment 2 to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill tabled by my Labour Party colleague Stella Creasy MP.
In Norwich, there are only a few hundred overpriced spaces available for thousands of children. It is clear that the childcare system has reached a breaking point.
This amendment would have placed a duty on major housebuilders to ensure new developments have sufficient childcare provision, by adding the provision of subsidised or free childcare, not just for preschool children but for those in school up to age 11, under the bill’s definition of “infrastructure”.
In October I spoke in support of universal childcare access at the March of the Mummies in Norwich.